Air Fryer Donuts

These donuts are soft, fluffy, warm, and melt in your mouth! Nobody would know these were made in the air fryer! Honestly, they are better than deep-fried donuts.

Step-by-Step Video:

You’ll also be surprised at how quickly they cook! The donuts only take 5 minutes in the air fryer, and the donut holes are even faster! Speaking of the donut holes, they are just so cute! They were the first ones to be gone! There’s just something about making donuts homemade from scratch.

Moreover, frying donuts really makes your house smell unpleasant. But these! These make your kitchen smell like a bakery!

Ingredient Overview:


Milk: We recommend whole milk.

Sugar: Use white sugar.

Active Dry Yeast: The yeast is what makes these donuts so fluffy! And make sure you are using active dry yeast. Not instant yeast.

Egg: Adding the egg gives the donuts an extra richness!

Melted Butter: This recipe only calls for 4 Tbsp. of butter in the whole batch of donuts!

Flour: Measure the flour correctly! To do that, spoon the flour into a measuring cup, then level it off with a knife.


Powdered Sugar: We recommend sifting the powdered sugar because it can tend to have lumps in it.

Melted Butter: Using melted butter in the glaze is what makes it the best glaze ever!

Vanilla Extract: Another ingredient that makes this the best glaze ever!

Milk: Add as needed, but don’t make the glaze too thin!

Air Fried Donuts vs. Deep Fried Donuts:

First of all, the air fryer donuts are lower in calories, and the whole batch uses only 4 Tbsp. of butter! They are light and fluffy, and melt in your mouth texture. They also aren’t overly sweet like some other donuts. Honestly, we prefer these than a fried donut!

How do you store them?

You can store them in an airtight container at room temp. for 1-2 days. And when you are ready to enjoy them, just microwave them for a few seconds!

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Air Fryer Donuts

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  • Author: Corrigan Sisters
  • Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
  • Yield: 12 - 14 donuts + donut holes


These donuts are soft, fluffy, warm, and melt in your mouth! Nobody would know these were made in the air fryer! Honestly, they are better than deep-fried donuts. Also, making them in the air fryer is SO much easier! It’s a win-win-win!



-1 cup milk, heated to 110°

-1/4 cup sugar + 1 tsp. sugar

-2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast

-2 tsp. salt

-1 large egg, beaten

-4 Tbsp. melted butter

-3 cups all-purpose flour


-2 cups powdered sugar

-4 Tbsp. melted butter

-1 tsp. vanilla extract

-milk (add as needed)



1. In a medium-sized bowl, add in 1 cup of milk, heated to 110°. Stir in 1 teaspoon sugar, and 2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast and let sit for about 5 minutes, until foamy.

2. Add the yeast mixture to a bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a dough hook attachment and 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tsp. salt, and 1 egg, beaten to the yeast mixture.

3. Then add in 4 Tbsp. melted butter, and 2 cups of flour and mix at low speed.

4. If needed, scrape down the sides of the bowl.

5. Add in the remaining 1 cup of flour, and knead for about 5 minutes at medium-high speed. The dough should be elastic, and should not stick to your hands. If necessary, add in more flour, slowly.

6. Remove dough from stand mixer, and transfer to a large bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise for 30 minutes and until doubled in size.

7. Once risen, punch dough and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Roll dough out to about 1/2 an inch thick.

8. Take a round cutter, (roughly 3 1/2 in.) and cut out as many rounds as you can. Then use a smaller round cutter (roughly 1 in.) to cut out the center.

9. Remove excess dough scraps from cut donuts. (Be sure to keep the donut holes!) And transfer donuts to a lined baking sheet. Cover, and let them rise for about 20 minutes.

10. Preheat air fryer to 350°. Spray inside of air fryer with oil spray.

11. Add in your donuts in a single layer. (We fit 4 donuts into the air fryer at a time). Spray donuts with oil spray, and let them cook for 6 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Repeat with remaining donuts and donut holes. The donut holes should take 4 minutes.

12. Transfer cooked donuts to a cooling rack. Let them cool for about 10 minutes before glazing.


13. In a large bowl, add in 2 cups powdered sugar, 4 Tbsp. melted butter, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and milk (add as needed). The glaze should be smooth and have the perfect dipping consistency.

Glazing Donuts:

1. To glaze the donuts, dunk in one donut at a time, flipping until fully covered in the glaze, then transfer to a rack, to let the glaze set.

2. To glaze the donut holes, once all of your donuts are glazed, dump in all of the donut holes, stirring until they are covered in the glaze. Then transfer to a rack, to let the glaze inset.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Rise Time: 50 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 donut + 1 donut hole
  • Calories: 200

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